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Lean Process Improvement Podcasts Tailored for Contractor & Trades Success

In the world of trades and home services, efficiency, and productivity are paramount.

Lean principals help optimize your business.

What is Lean Thinking?

“Lean is a way of thinking about creating needed value with fewer resources and less waste. And lean is a practice consisting of continuous experimentation to achieve perfect value with zero waste. Lean thinking and practice occur together.”                             – Lean Enterprise Institute

Bringing Lean Thinking to the Trades & Small Business

We recently wrapped up a podcast series, Exploring Lean Principles Podcast, on our channel, Out of the Hourglass, featuring NCG Business Coach Jim Bradley, focusing on an introduction and the application of Lean principles in the trades industry and world of small business.Click to listen to lean principals podcasts

With an extensive background in operational management, Jim’s expertise and passion for this topic are evident.  He shares how to think through a Lean lens, and how to extend this perspective to teams for greater impact.We want to guide you through the journey of optimizing your processes.

Here’s a brief summary of what each episode entails:

Episode 131: “Lean Principles – Applying Lean Thinking to the Trades” In this insightful kickoff episode, we introduce the concept of Lean thinking and discuss how it can be effectively applied to the trades industry. Learn how Lean principles can help you streamline your operations and boost your bottom line.

Episode 138: “Opening Up the LEAN Toolbox ~ TIMWOODS” This episode is all about diving into the Lean toolbox. We explore the TIMWOODS framework, a valuable tool for identifying and eliminating various forms of waste in your trades-related processes. Uncover practical strategies for optimizing your workflows.

Episode 142: “Lean Series Continued: A Focus on DMAIC”  Delve deeper into Lean methodology with Episode 142. We shift our focus to DMAIC, a structured problem-solving approach that can lead to significant process improvements. Gain insights into how DMAIC can be implemented effectively in trades scenarios.

Episode 147: “Lean Series Continued: The Kaizen Event” Episode 147 shines a spotlight on the Kaizen event, a powerful tool for continuous improvement. Learn how to organize and execute Kaizen events within your trades organization to drive positive change and innovation.

Episode 152: “LEAN Tools Explored – Elements of the Control Plan” In this episode, we explore the elements of the Control Plan, a crucial component of Lean implementation. Discover how Control Plans can help you maintain process stability and deliver consistent results in your trades projects.

Episode 156: “LEAN Series Finale: The Culture Factor” In our series finale, we tackle a critical aspect of Lean success—organizational culture. Learn how fostering a Lean culture can be a game-changer in your trades business, enabling sustainable improvements and a mindset of continuous growth.

** We encourage listening to the episodes in numerical order starting with Ep. 131

Join us as we unravel the world of Lean principles and their application in the trades industry through exploring the Lean Principles Podcast Series. Whether you’re a seasoned trades professional or new to Lean concepts, these podcast episodes are sure to provide valuable insights for contractors looking to optimize operations and acheive excellence.

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